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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L
« on: September 09, 2013, 03:03:45 PM »
The Tokina 16-28mm

heres two reviews one vs the 16-35 by Dave Dugdale

Canon 16-35mm II vs Tokina 16-28mm Lens Review

one from matt granger vs the nikon 16-24mm

Tokina 16-28mm VS Nikon 14-24mm - LENS SHOOT OUT!

The Tokina is very sharp for its price! Shame its not weather sealed neither does it take filters but vs the 16-35mm its a no brainer its half the price, especially for a specialist lens for most people.

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L
« on: September 09, 2013, 11:18:36 AM »
The tokina still seems like the best WA out there, half the price of the 16-35 similar price to the 17-40 with a constant 2.8 aperture much sharper than both and nearly as sharp as the Nikon 14-24.

Shame like the Nikon it cannot take any filters which is where the 16-35mm wins. Also the Tokina Nikon and 16-35mm weight a fair amount more than the 17-40. Touch choice but the 16-35mm is a ridiculous price for its performance compared to the rest of the market.

Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: September 08, 2013, 05:42:43 PM »
Few from me, I practically live on a lake so most of mine involve water.

I'll have a couple of overnight stops on Ullswater in a few weeks, so it's good to see these. The place I'm staying has a shot of the Yacht Club pier (I think it was in reception), but I've never worked out how to get down there or if there is public access.

Ye its just Ullswater Yacht Club, its not public access but as long as your not doing anything you shouldn't its fine, when I took those it was out of yacht season so was like a ghost town.

TBF its not the best pier on Ullswater because you cant really see down the lake, but it was such a stunning sunset earlier on in the year and It was the closest best pier to me in the time I had the sunset so I couldn't resist :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6d Highest Usable Iso?
« on: August 29, 2013, 05:57:06 AM »
I limit my 5DMKIII (basically the same performance) to 6400 but its fine at 12,800


BMW F30 3 Series interior, centre console climate control by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Lenses / Re: Which L Lens to start with?
« on: August 29, 2013, 05:38:24 AM »
Mine was a MKI 70-200mm F2.8 non IS fantastic lens and still have it today. IS is overrated ;)

EOS-M / Re: EOS M / Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Combo
« on: August 21, 2013, 10:42:26 AM »
Yep seems pretty silly to me.

Although im sure a good performer.

EOS Bodies / Re: 70D release date question
« on: August 21, 2013, 07:54:10 AM »
Digital Rev have them in stock £900 free delivery

Canon General / Re: Where's the competition for the 24-105?
« on: August 20, 2013, 09:58:35 AM »
Its a brilliant lens, lightweight great range. Stuck to my camera most of the time.

Its not as sharp as other Ls but theres nothing with this range in a standard zoom, 24-70mm is heavy with modern cameras you can shoot higher with the same noise so F4 is not a problem gives ok subject isolation and good bokeh.

Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« on: August 13, 2013, 10:33:03 AM »

40D awesome. 50D... 50% more pixels with the same tech = very noisy, IQ is better on the 40D but better spec in the 50 (screen res, AFMA etc). The 17-85mm probably the worst lens I have ever had. Kept it for a long time because I was a student and couldn't afford the 17-55mm. Its poor everywhere it counts. Bought the 17-55mm after uni its a huge upgrade. Then 24-105mm on FF is comparable.

Software & Accessories / Re: Portability: laptops vs desktops
« on: July 31, 2013, 04:22:54 AM »
I have a octo core 2.8ghz 2008 mac pro wih 10gbs ram 8tb and a 128gb SSD and a 2013 11" macbook air 1.7ghz 8gb ram and 500gb SSD that I use for editing.

I have found the macbook air so fast that the mac pro hasn't had a look in. It is geek benching at 9000, write times are 572.6mb/s and read 725.2. I haven't found the screen size a problem either, its a brilliant little machine.

My pro benches at around 12000 but the SSD speed is well down as it only runs SATA II.

Both machines are fantastic for editing. i do a lot of location photography so the Air is fantastic.

Canon General / Re: People that don't shoot in manual...
« on: July 30, 2013, 10:52:52 AM »
I like using AV, generally my shots come out spot on and use exposure compensation when needed. Makes getting those spur of the moments easier, especially at weddings.

I think you use whats best for you, M is best when I know the camera will struggle otherwise AV works great for me.

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